Cliffs Shaft Mine Museum

Cliffs Shaft Mine Museum, Ishpeming: Hours, Address, Cliffs Shaft Mine Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

Cliffs Shaft Mine Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

4.5
42 reviews
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Kathleen P
31 contributions
Not open
Aug 2020 • Family
Not open on a Saturday. Sign out front that says its closed. Called and you can leave voice message, but no one calls back. Disappointing.
Written 8 August 2020
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John W
Riverview, MI4 contributions
Having fun down under
Sep 2019
Excellent tour by retired miner Gary. Super nice guy, great sense of humor and great stories. Bought a fire poker from the blacksmith one day before the mine's 100th anniversary so he had to make a new one for the next day! Great information and history
Written 19 September 2019
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Tyaskin
Mebane, NC358 contributions
"Down the mines, no sunlight shines..."
Sep 2019
This is one of the best museums I have visited, bar none. The enthusiasm of the gentlemen there for the history of the iron mining heritage of the area was immediately obvious, and the gentleman who led our small tour group was an ex-miner himself, and was clearly proud of the site and eager to share his knowledge with us. The tour takes 45-60 minutes, and add another 30-45 if you do a thorough job of looking at the displays and the grounds. I'd have spent longer there, but it was raining and I was headed back to NC. If you have any interest at all in mining history, and what it was like for the men who worked underground, go here. It's informative and I'd bet even teens and kids would like it.
My only complaint, and it's not aimed at the museum, is that apparently the state and town do not think it worthwhile to put up a sign on Rt. 26 running through town directing travelers to the site. I just happened on it in a local guidebook about the U. P., but a sign on the main road thru the region would bring in a lot more visitors. (They have them for everything else imaginable)
The men who worked here, Welsh, Cornish, Finns, Blacks, Italians and others all created a diverse community here on the Upper Peninsula, and it's well worth taking the time to visit and find out about the hard times they faced to help build the industries that grew the United States.
So next time you travel along 26 thru the UP, when you get to Ishpeming, keep a look out to the south for the tall headframes that cover the old shafts, and take a short detour to visit this excellent repository of history on Michigan's mining heritage. And as always, Happy Motoring!
Written 13 September 2019
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Laurenhartsyou
2 contributions
The best hospitality and knowledge to be learned!
Aug 2019 • Couples
We are from out of town but love stones and crystals so we were super excited to see this place pop up on our “must see list”! Upon entry the place seems super old (which I love and think adds character). The man at the front desk (David) got us squeezed in with the last tour before us so we didn’t have to wait another hour! He was so knowledgeable on all the stones and rocks and super helpful! David the ultimate rock seller! Once we joined the group, our tour guide Gary, was nothing short of excellent. He himself was miner and had amazing stories to share. Being that he had done the job himself, he had no problem answering any questions any of us had. On top of that, he was so funny and personable. We ended up staying an extra half hour after the tour just to chat and exchange stories and laughs. He gave me one of his favorite rocks he always keeps in his pocket. For those who don’t know me- THIS IS HUGE AND IM A GIANT ROCK COLLECTOR! So for someone to give me something so simple, yet important to him was so touching. We will definitely be back to visit just for the staff alone. The mines and everything are almost as beautiful as the people who run this place!
Written 29 August 2019
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Kingshott
Brighton, MI118 contributions
Our favorite museum of this trip
Aug 2019 • Couples
Currently we are taking a western UP and have visited several museums. This is our favorite museum. There a several different mining museums in the UP, but none have brought the personal connection as Cliffs Shaft.

The director’s parents are involved with tours and cataloging every item in the museum. Many of the tour guides are former mine workers. Everyone who is involved with the museum seems to have a personal stake in the success of it.

Also, the museum has original documentation of the company’s employees. They were able to find a tourist’s grandfather’s records, including and injury report, hospital bill and worker’s compensation.

Stop by. There are four tours a day with the last at 2:15 pm.
Written 9 August 2019
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teresasoles
Stryker, OH20 contributions
Very cool
Jul 2019 • Family
To see the large copper pieces and hematite up close and to see the equipment that was used to mine it was very interesting.
Written 16 July 2019
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tnk9581
Fond du Lac, WI103 contributions
Interesting History
Jul 2019 • Couples
A good way to get a glimpse of Ishpeming’s history. Our tour guide did a nice job. We had time to look through the museum before our tour. I enjoyed the rock collection, especially the light booth. Very cool.
Written 12 July 2019
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Amanda F
39 contributions
Truly unique, must see!
Jun 2018 • Friends
A friend and I stopped in here on a whim after seeing the mine shaft and being curious. We were the only ones there and got a tour of the area. While you dont get to go into an actual mine, you get to see many components. Theres so a museum with lots of artifacts and information. Take time to look through and read through these displays! I wish I could remember the name of our guide, I do remember he said he was a retired miner himself and that first hand knowledge only added to the experience. Anyone who is interested in michigan history, mining or just neat old stuff should definitely check this place out. I was surprised how much I enjoyed it
Written 13 March 2019
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Doug G
Gladwin, MI342 contributions
Interesting - but all above ground
Sep 2018 • Couples
The volunteer guide ( Gary) was by far the best part of this visit. He had worked underground in the mine until it was closed, then went to work in the nearby open pit mine. His stories of working underground held us captive. There is a very nice museum and artifact display.
The only "underground" portion of tour is walking through a man made area to the hoist building. There we found a very large concrete cap covering the former opening into the underground portion.
Written 1 October 2018
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richardderose
Burleson, TX291 contributions
Copper mine
Sep 2018 • Couples
This is an old copper mine with a great museum. The tour guide was very knowledgeable on the history of copper mining in the are. The visit included a tour of the mine tunnel.
Written 12 September 2018
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Cliffs Shaft Mine Museum is open:
  • Tue - Tue 17:00 - 20:00
  • Tue - Sat 10:00 - 16:00